Omarosa Manigault-Newman made an interesting analogy about the White House, as the reality star and former diplomat eased back into the world of unscripted programming. The former director of communications for the White House Public Liaison Office hinted at writing a tell-all book about her time under the Trump Administration before dropping the type of explosive quote about Donald Trump that keeps reality show producers in business.
“I’ve been defending somebody for so long, and I’m now I’m like, ‘Yo, you are a special kind of fucked up, and that special breed, they’re about to learn all about it,” Manigault-Newman told other players during a recent episode of Celebrity Big Brother. “I have been so loyal to the point where people are like looking at me like something is wrong. Ooh, freedom, I’ve been emancipated. I feel like I just got freed off of a plantation.”
The cringe-worthy quote takes place at approximately the 1:00-mark in the above video.
It was as if someone neglected to tell Manigault-Newman that comparing a paid White House job to working on a plantation was in poor taste since, she voluntarily accepted and later quit the job, while plantations were often forcibly maintained through the institutional racism and physical violence associated with chattel slavery. Naturally, a few people took to Twitter and kindly told Omarosa to go shine some cutlery.
I'm sure it wasn't easy @OMAROSA but slaves didn't get paid, and couldn't leave the plantation without dangerous consequences. You got paid and could have left at anytime. You had a choice. Those working on a plantation did not. Your comparison is sickening. https://t.co/fEDbFb6idl— Amelious N. Whyte Jr., Ph.D. (@AmeliousW) February 25, 2018
I just threw up in my mouth.— Chris (@CNiel36) February 25, 2018
At least unfortunate quotes like Omarasa’s “plantation” statement give Twitter users an opportunity to offer a history lesson. Hopefully Mrs. Manigault-Newman learned slaves helped construct and staff the White House. It’s possible someone pointed out that she chose to be a part of the Trump Administration even after Donald Trump made explicitly racist statements about Mexico and bragged about forcibly groping women.
Given that Complex named Omarosa one of “The Worst People in Reality TV History,” it’s safe to assume she probably has some more explosive, uniformed commentary on the way.